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East West Rail boss stands down

East West Railway Firm interim chief govt Beth West is to face down on the finish of Could after her contract expires.

West (pictured), a former HS2 industrial director and Balfour Beatty regional managing director, joined the client delivering the East West Rail (EWR) Oxford-to-Cambridge railway project in 2022.

West mentioned she had determined the time was proper to depart on the finish of her contract, having put the venture on a agency footing.

“Once I began at EWR Co, it wasn’t even clear if authorities would again the venture,” she mentioned. “We now have clear authorities help [and] an actual deal with what we’re doing, why we’re doing it and who we’re constructing it for.

“As the corporate strikes into a brand new section, I’ve mirrored that now could be the time for me to maneuver on, with EWR Co prepared for the longer term, whereas I’m prepared for a brand new problem.”

The primary stage of statutory session for the venture will open in the summertime.

Rail minister Huw Merriman mentioned: “Beth has been instrumental in bringing recent perspective to East West Rail – a serious venture that may rework rail journeys for thousands and thousands of individuals between Oxford and Cambridge.

“Beth has overseen vital developments throughout her time as CEO and rightly saved the communities this railway will serve on the coronary heart of the venture all through. 

“I thank Beth for offering such a significant contribution over the previous two years and need her all the perfect for the longer term.”

West will proceed as interim CEO till Could and can then “proceed to be accessible to help the transition” course of for the brand new chief govt till the tip of July.

West left Balfour Beatty in January 2021 after a 12 months on the firm. She has additionally held roles at Landsec and Transport for London, in addition to performing as industrial director on HS2 and as head of business for Thames Tideway.